Publications

Digital Inclusion and Health Inequalities

In this episode we are joined by Leah (Founder of PeerMed Foundation). We discuss the relationship between digital inclusion and health inequalities. Peer Med Foundation is a youth-led international not-for-profit organization. Through health advocacy, research and education, the Peer Med Foundation is committed to raising voices for marginalized patient populations (Migrants, 2SLGBTQIA+, BIPOC & more).Continue reading “Digital Inclusion and Health Inequalities”

Ed Bridges v South Wales Police: Facial Recognition and The Right to Privacy

By Agnes Leung Facial recognition has emerged as one of the most frequently utilized artificial intelligence technologies in law enforcement to achieve national security, public safety and prevention of crime. Facial recognition involves ‘automated extraction, digitisation and comparison of the spatial and geometric distribution of facial features’, which is a kind of biometric data, andContinue reading “Ed Bridges v South Wales Police: Facial Recognition and The Right to Privacy”

The human rights challenges raised by the killing of George Floyd

By Agnes Leung On 25 May 2020, George Floyd, a 46-year old black African-American man was arrested after being accused of counterfeiting US 20-dollar-note in Minnesota, the United States. While in police custody, a white police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on Floyd’s neck for a period of 8 minutes 46 seconds. Despite Floyd’s desperate callContinue reading “The human rights challenges raised by the killing of George Floyd”

Predictive Policing & The Right to Non-Discrimination

By Samuel Hoar Predictive Policing  Derek Chauvin’s murder of George Floyd on 25 May 2020 sparked a wave of global protests against  police racial discrimination and broader racial inequalities. In this light, concerns about the practice  of predictive policing have gathered momentum and received greater public attention. This piece  evaluates the supposed benefits of predictiveContinue reading “Predictive Policing & The Right to Non-Discrimination”

From Global Health to Human Rights: Impala Global, Ensuring Technology is at the Forefront of Innovation

Peer Med by Leah Sarah Peer welcomes Co-Founders of Impala Global, Maud Kadye & Tafadzwa Kadye to speak about their organization. As an independent Think Tank, this episode dives into the work the organization does in conducting using research to develop and strengthen the human rights and global health frameworks within tech. Acknowledging that disciplinesContinue reading “From Global Health to Human Rights: Impala Global, Ensuring Technology is at the Forefront of Innovation”

Disinformation in the Digital Age

In this episode, we are joined by Isabella Garcia. We discuss the human rights/global health issues raised by disinformation in the digital age, including covid, vaccinations, the right to vote, and the role of governments and tech companies.

How has disinformation contributed to the low uptake of the covid vaccine in the BAME community?

By Ole Christiansen The head of the NHS, Sir Simon Stevens, said in February that there is a “pandemic of disinformation” (Hurynag, 2021). The disinformation is related to the BAME community’s reluctance to take the covid vaccine. This is due to lack of trust, and wilful misinformation (Woolley, 2021). BAME individuals have a lack ofContinue reading “How has disinformation contributed to the low uptake of the covid vaccine in the BAME community?”

Black Lives Matter: Freedom of Speech vs Hate Speech

In this podcast we are joined by a special guest Ruth Strachan. We discuss the black lives matter movement, the importance of active allieship and, the impact of freedom of speech and hate speech on the black lives matter movement (Click here to listen)

Black Lives Matter

We discuss the Black Lives Matter Movement, what it means to us and give our views racism, inequality and the need for change. (Click here to listen)

The Media and Democracy

By Samuel Hoar The news media plays a fundamental role in a democratic system, acting as a conduit of information  for the people to digest. It must be effective, and it must be trusted. Without a free press that  accurately and informatively helps the people to understand the actions of their democratic  representatives, ‘there isContinue reading “The Media and Democracy”

‘The Track & Trace App – To what extent should the right to privacy be protected against the right to protect others in a global pandemic?’

By Ole Christiansen The pandemic has caused many regulations and restrictions and some of them have raised a lot of concern in human rights discussions. One of these is the track & trace apps. By now, most countries have their own version. The apps track who you have been in contact with, which is whyContinue reading “‘The Track & Trace App – To what extent should the right to privacy be protected against the right to protect others in a global pandemic?’”

‘The Complexities of the Covid-19 ‘Infodemic’’

by Isabella Garcia Introduction The World Health Organisation (WHO) has described the huge influx of Covid-19 related information as an ‘infodemic’: “an overabundance of information, both online and offline. It includes deliberate attempts to disseminate wrong information to undermine the public health response and advance alternative agendas of groups or individuals. Mis- and disinformation canContinue reading “‘The Complexities of the Covid-19 ‘Infodemic’’”

‘The obligation of Twitter to limit the right to freedom of expression’

by Ole Christiansen During the 2020 election, Twitter was often in the news. After weeks of posting tweets that were factually wrong and thoroughly debunked theories, Donald Trump was banned from the platform. The official statement from Twitter reads: “After close review of recent Tweets from the @realDonaldTrump account and the context around them —Continue reading “‘The obligation of Twitter to limit the right to freedom of expression’”

‘The Impact of Covid-19 on Gender Equality: An Intersectional Approach’

by Isabella Garcia Introduction The outbreak of Covid-19 and the harsh measures introduced to mitigate the spread of the virus by national governments across the globe have exposed and entrenched various inequalities. A key matter of concern is the impact of the crisis on gender equality and women’s economic autonomy due to the loss ofContinue reading “‘The Impact of Covid-19 on Gender Equality: An Intersectional Approach’”

‘Why the Covid-19 Vaccine is a Matter of Global Health Equity’

by Isabella Garcia Introduction The Limits of ‘Vaccine Nationalism’  Since the outbreak of Covid-19 in the early part of 2020, medical experts, scientists, pharmaceutical companies, international institutions, and governments around the world have mobilised their resources and expertise towards developing a successful vaccine. In the past couple of months these efforts have begun to materialise,Continue reading “‘Why the Covid-19 Vaccine is a Matter of Global Health Equity’”

‘How tools on the internet have been used to protect human rights defenders’

by Ole Christiansen Introduction The tech industry is often showcased as a human rights issue. Big tech companies have been accused of knowingly benefitting from human rights abuses in, for example, the Democratic Republic of Congo (Skelton, 2020). There are however times where the opportunities that tech provides, have been used to protect human rightsContinue reading “‘How tools on the internet have been used to protect human rights defenders’”

Mental Health in Africa

What is Mental Health? The World Health Organisation (WHO) defines health as ‘a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity’ with good mental health being defined as ‘state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normalContinue reading “Mental Health in Africa”

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